Introducing... Pascal Wehrlein

With around a month to go until lights out on the 2016 Formula One season, two drivers will be making their debut at Melbourne in the shape of Jolyon Palmer and Pascal Wehrlein. Both highly rated within the F1 paddock, it's Wehrlein that, according to some of the most knowledgeable minds in the sport, is a future champion-in-waiting. 

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Although donning the colours of Manor Racing for this season, Wehrlein is Mercedes' treasured possession and, they hope, potentially their first ever German World Champion (sorry, Nico). Having won the 2015 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), Wehrlein has seemingly ditched touring cars for good in favour of single seater driving. 

He definitely has the ability to be in Formula One, to be one of the very successful ones,
— Toto Wolff, Mercedes F1 Chief

Pascal Wehrlein was born in Germany in 1994 and has long been associated with Mercedes. Having been a reserve driver for the team since 2014, Wehrlein currently holds the record for the youngest ever competitor in DTM and, more impressively, youngest ever champion. 

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He'll hardly be making waves at the front of the grid this season, but if Werhlein fulfils his supposed potential, Formula 1 could have another German giant on its hands to follow in the footsteps of Sebastian Vettel and the great Michael Schumacher. 

Philip Boeckman

Huge fan of @F1 and Motor Racing in general. I blog about anything and everything from the world of Formula 1